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College of A&S - Organic Chemistry in Italy
Arezzo, Italy; Florence, Italy; Roma, Italy (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
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OU Sponsoring College:
College of Arts & Sciences
Language of Instruction: English Housing Type: Apartments, Center Housing, Hotel or Guesthouse
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Study Abroad Adviser: Karen Elmore
Study Level: Undergraduate
Program Description:
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This program is full with a wait list and is no longer accepting applications for summer 2018.

Program Highlights
  • Location:  Arezzo, Italy
  • Faculty Leaders:  Robyn Biggs and and Paul Sims, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
  • Housing:  Hotels, apartments or OU accommodation shared with at least one other student
  • Excursions: Rome and Florence
  • Independent Travel: Open 3-day weekend mid-program

2018 Dates

May 30    Depart the U.S.
May 31    Arrive in Rome
June 30   Last day of program
July 1      Check out of Arezzo housing

NOTE:  Student cannot fly home from Europe on the day they check out of housing because they cannot make a morning flight from Rome on that day.  Spending the night of July 1 in Rome and flying out of Rome on July 2  is recommended for those heading right home.


  • CHEM 3053 - Organic Chemistry I (Biological Emphasis)
  • CHEM 4970 - Culinary Chemistry and Culture of Italy (3 credits)
Only students willing to make a serious commitment to the academic aspect of this program should apply.

Program Design

This program begins with days in Rome, giving students the opportunity to see the Vatican, the Coliseum and the Forum, as well as the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps.  After the Rome time is over, the group moves to Arezzo, where they begin their classroom instruction. During this unique program, classes meet Monday through Thursday, with the Organic Chemistry exam taking place each Friday morning.  Numerous excursions complement both courses, allowing program participants to visit vineyards, a gelato production site, the local farm market, and other places of interest within the city of Arezzo.  During a day trip by train to Florence, participants get to see the famous art and architecture of that city.   A highlight of the program is the "Joust of the Saracens" that takes place in Arezzo in June and is a spectacle that everyone enjoys.

The 2018 Organic Chem Information Sheet will provide more program details and advice for applicants.  It will be available here by October 1, 2017.   This popular program usually fills well before the February application deadline.

Program Requirements

  • 3.0  OU cumulative GPA at the time of application
    • Transfer and first-semester students who meet the other requirements will be provisionally accepted pending a 3.0 minimum GPA at the end of fall semester 2017.
  • CHEM 1415, 1425 or 1435
  • 1 faculty recommendation, submitted electronically as part of the application process
  • Passport valid through six months after return from study abroad or a receipt from a recent passport application (U.S. passport application)
  • Attendance at a Study Abroad 101 session
Open to all OU students who meet the requirements. Not restricted to Arts and Sciences majors.


  • Shared, multiple-occupancy apartments, hotel rooms or rooms in the OU property in Arezzo
  • Half board - breakfast and dinner in Arezzo included in price

Money Matters

It is each applicant's responsibility to share information about costs with family members who need to know and understand how the payment system works.  The 2018 Organic Chemistry Estimated Budget will help students compare programs and plan for study abroad. It should be linked here by November 1, 2017. Costs are subject to change based on the currency exchange rate and the number of participants.  All Arts and Sciences study abroad programs require a $200 non-refundable deposit at the time of application.  That is considered the first program payment and is deducted from the program fee.  It is not an application fee.

Except for summer tuition and fees billed through the Bursar’s Office, all payments for this program are due before the end of the Spring 2018 semester.

There are a number of scholarships available for study abroad students.  Below is a partial list:.

Get Started

When the application cycle is open, students can click on the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this brochure.  Applicants must schedule an appointment with Karen Elmore, Director of International Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, and attend a Study Abroad 101 session to learn the basics about study abroad.  Both an advising appointment and attendance at Study Abroad 101 are required.

A College of Arts and Sciences Faculty-led Program
Karen L. Elmore, Director, Arts and Sciences International Programs
210 Ellison Hall
Phone: 325-4716
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Summer 2019 02/24/2019 03/11/2019 TBA TBA
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